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High school notebook: Millwood names Dava Albert new girls basketball coach

Norman's Cade Horton, an OU baseball and football commit, throws a pitch during a game on Monday against Choctaw. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Norman's Cade Horton, an OU baseball and football commit, throws a pitch during a game on Monday against Choctaw. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Millwood has again found a successor for legendary girls basketball coach Arnelia Spears, and this time it’s a former player.

Dava Albert was recently named coach of the Falcons, who are coming off a run to the Class 3A state semifinals. She replaces Spears, who came out of retirement this season and coached the team on an interim basis.

“She’s got a lot of connections in the program,” Millwood athletic director Shannon Hayes said. “She reminds me a little bit of Coach Spears.”

Albert is a 1991 graduate from Millwood. She was a member of the 1990 championship team, the school’s first 5-on-5 team to win the gold ball.

Last season, Albert was a volunteer assistant at Harding Prep, but she also attended every Millwood game. She was previously the head coach at Tulsa Central.

•Cashion also promoted assistant Andrea Taylor to head coach, replacing Totsy Manning following her retirement. Taylor spent the past five years at Cashion following two years as an assistant at Kingfisher.

Elgin named Piedmont assistant Krystal Williams its new head coach. She replaces Jerrod Jones, who led the Owls to the Class 4A state semifinals in his lone season.

Edmond North wins Arizona tourney

New Edmond North baseball coach Gary Bandy felt the spring break tournament in Arizona was more important than the wins and losses.

It was even better that the Huskies never lost.

Edmond North won the Best in West Tournament in Phoenix, winning four games and tying once.

“It has definitely boosted our confidence,” Bandy said. “I don’t think the wins were as important as the actual trip. The journey down there and seeing them come together as a brotherhood was more important than the wins and losses.”

Bandy said Jason Reeder, Jackie Robinson and Carter Hines had big weeks offensively. The Huskies totaled 45 runs in the tournament.

Edmond North entered Monday 7-2-1 since starting the season 0-2.

Edmond Santa Fe upsets IMG, wins tournament

Edmond Santa Fe is rolling now.

The Wolves upset national powerhouse IMG Academy on a walk-off error in the semifinals of the Coach Bob National Invitational last week in Phoenix before routing Jenks to win the championship.

Edmond Santa Fe entered Monday with six straight wins since starting the year 1-3.

But the biggest win is over IMG.

The Wolves trailed 7-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, but they scored six runs with Cayden Brumbaugh scoring on an error during a sacrifice fly that tied the game.

Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›